Online Services

Online library services you can use from your computer at home or in the library. 

Need help with library ebooks or other e-resources? Make an appointment to talk to library staff over the phone. More information here.

eBooks and Other Digital Content

Use your library card to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital music and digital magazines free from your home computer, tablet, or mobile device.  Find details here.

Online Research and Learning

The Oakland Public Library subscribes to a large number of online databases and online learning resources that are available to you free from home with your library card.

Student resources, language lessons, test preparation helpcar repair information, business information and much more can be found there.  

Apply for a Library Card

Any California resident can get an Oakland Public Library card. Library cards are free and are available at all our locations or online. You can complete an online application here.

Library Catalog

To find materials in our collections, you can search online in our new Encore Catalog or our Classic Catalog. For help using the Encore catalog, please review these Encore search tips.


If you are unable to find what you are looking for in our collections, you may be able to place a hold on the item via LINK+.  Go to this page for more information and FAQs. 

Manage your account

Use your account on our catalog to request books, DVDs and other items, to renew items, to see what you’ve already checked out and requested, and to manage your account settings.

Sign up for text message update service, Shoutbomb, to manage your account from your mobile phone.

Online Fine Payment

You can now pay most of your fines online.  Click here to learn more.

Discover & Go

Use your OPL card to get free or discounted passes to museums throughout the Bay Area with Discover & Go.  You can print out the passes from your own computer. Note that many venues are currently closed. 

Book Me!

Looking for something great to read? Get personalized reading advice via email from OPL librarians. This service is for readers of all ages. Fill out the form and get some great reading suggestions from one of our experts!

Answers by e-mail

E-answers is an easy way to get brief answers to factual questions via e-mail from OPL staff.  We can also direct you to relevant Web sites and databases to help you with your research and give you other suggestions on where you can find information.  Send your question via e-mail to  More information here.

Research Guides

Oakland Public Library librarians have created a number of subject guides to help you get started with your online research: